Mango root (also known as Moringa root) has been used in traditional medicine around the world for centuries, from China to South America and everywhere in between. But with the Western world finally picking up on this powerful root’s potential health benefits, it’s about time you learned why it’s so good for you! Learn all about the surprisingly powerful health benefits of mango root in this article.
Improves heart health
In just one month, a study in rats showed that taking 50 milligrams per kilogram (about 2.2 pounds) of mangiferin—one of several chemicals found in mango root—reduced total cholesterol and bad LDL cholesterol. According to researchers, regular consumption of mango root could help reduce heart disease risk by as much as 20%. Eating it regularly also may improve circulation, lower blood pressure and increase antioxidant levels. It also helps with digestive health, since it has natural laxative properties. Mangiferin and other compounds have anti-inflammatory benefits too.
Strengthens the immune system
The powerful antioxidant properties in mango root can help to bolster your immune system, which can come in handy whether you’re fighting a cold or trying to fight off disease. It also helps maintain healthy skin and hair. When used topically, it’s even been shown to help heal burns and other skin-related issues (1). Additionally, when taken internally as an herbal remedy, it’s effective at reducing fevers while also relieving symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea (2).
Antioxidants are one of nature’s best medicines. Research has shown that mango root has a variety of antioxidants, including quercetin and gallic acid, which can play a role in lowering cholesterol and may help with certain types of cancer. Other research suggests it may also aid in detoxification and boost your immune system. The fruit itself also contains some Vitamin C, making it an excellent healthy snack or addition to smoothies. By adding more antioxidant-rich foods to your diet—as well as increasing exercise, reducing stress and getting adequate sleep—you can help decrease free radical damage and potentially lower your risk for chronic disease over time.
Inulin, a prebiotic fiber found in mango root, may be able to boost metabolism and promote weight loss. In addition to aiding digestion, inulin is also known for increasing short-chain fatty acid production, which promotes healthy weight management. Just add fresh or dried mango root to your morning smoothie for an instant fat-burning boost!
While mango roots aren’t a cure for diabetes, they do help to regulate glucose levels in those suffering from diabetes. A study conducted at Mahatma Gandhi University and published in 2011 showed that administration of an extract prepared using dried mango root improved blood glucose control and reduced fasting blood glucose by as much as 40 percent. But when it comes to disease prevention, antioxidant-rich mangos are king. Anti-inflammatory properties and other antioxidants such as beta-carotene can help reduce risk factors associated with both diabetes and heart disease while also contributing to vision health.
The mangiferin that exists in mango roots is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. It can help to reduce swelling in joints, which can be especially beneficial for those who suffer from arthritis and chronic pain. There's evidence that mangiferin may also be effective in treating asthma due to its anti-inflammatory effects. While you should always consult your doctor before taking any new medications or supplements, some studies have shown that taking 25 grams per day of mangiferin had a positive effect on symptoms. The best part is there are little-to-no side effects from using mangiferin as an anti-inflammatory agent—and it tastes pretty good!
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